2009's A Single Man depicts the pivotal events that take place in the life of the title character on November 30, 1962. Colin Firth is excellent as an English professor, George Falconer, who is going through a severe depression after the death of his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), eight months previously.
Through Falconer, the film explores the depths of emotions faced by individuals who are forced to deal with loss. While other attempts to present same-sex subject matter in television and movies are often self-conscious and veer into melodrama, director Tom Ford takes a matter-of-fact approach to the relationship at center of the story. This allows the audience to empathize more with its universal themes.
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